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20 million euros released for the stabilization of Mali

(BRUSSELS2) The European Commission released on Friday (February 15) an initial envelope of 20 million euros for the stabilization of Mali. This sum comes from the Instrument for Stability and aims to provide immediate support for justice, local authorities, dialogue and reconciliation initiatives, as well as the first phases of the upcoming electoral process. This contribution thus complements the missions of the PeSDC currently being ramped up: capacity building (EUCAP Sahel) in Niger (which could also include a “Mali” component), and training of the Malian army (EUTM Mali) while such as financial and logistical support for MISMA (the African-led International Support Mission in Mali), and the resumption of development aid announced by Commissioner Piebalgs.

The Stabilization Support Package consists of five main components:

  • Support for the restoration of security and protection of civilians: provision of necessary emergency equipment (vehicles, communications equipment, etc.) in order to enable the redeployment of security services, particularly in the north, and to protect themselves against terrorist threats in urban areas and critical infrastructure, including Bamako;
  • Support for Malian local authorities, to re-establish the presence of the State throughout Mali, especially in the north, with emphasis on the resumption of basic social services (administration, education, medical equipment, veterinary and technical services) ;
  • Promotion of dialogue and reconciliation initiatives at the local level, support for efforts aimed at reducing radicalization and violent extremism (community radio programs, etc.);
  • Contribution to the first phases of the electoral process (awareness campaign and updating of the electoral list);
  • Technical assistance to the Malian authorities in their efforts to stabilize Mali (technical expertise, services and training in the areas of security, justice, reconciliation).

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Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).